This weekend I was lucky enough to find myself in Cardiff to see some old friends, watch the rugby, visit a wool shop or two and take a taxi to Dumballs Road. If you don’t know what’s significant about Dumballs Road these days, then you probably ought to take a taxi down there yourself this weekend. To The Depot, to be precise.
I’d seen a bit of fuss about Street Food Cardiff on Twitter over the past couple of weeks so I couldn’t resist having a nosy to see if it’s worth the hype. Two words: it is. The fact that a half hour long queue was waiting in the rain to get in was the first clue that The Depot was going to be something special.
When we got in, we walked through some massive plastic flappy things into a bright white room – all a bit mysterious but I enjoyed the flaps so that was an added bonus for me. Through a second set of flaps we went, and found ourselves in a magic mystery woodland.
A huge wooden tree in the middle of the room caught my eye first (probably because of the purple smoke billowing out of it) and then I saw a plethora of street food units lining the edges of the vast warehouse. I thought I might be in heaven.
With a Hoegarden in hand we took a tour of the place to see what delicious wares were on offer before catching up with Matt and Simon, bearded legends and kings of Street Food Cardiff. It turns out that rave DJ + events guru = warehouse wonderland full of the coolest food in Wales.
Confined to Sunday afternoons on Womanby Street, street trading in Cardiff hadn’t been working too well, so Simon and Matt decided to take it up a notch. Just two weeks in, SFC at The Depot definitely seems to be transforming the Cardiff street food scene; rammed full of people, great music, amazing smells and incredible tastes. Like I said: heaven.
I opted for Meat and Greek and Jol’s Food, savouring some amazing Greek chicken kebab and insanely good rabbit and gnocchi with parmesan. One of those ‘I don’t want this dish to end’ sort of moments, actually.
One of my favourite things about The Depot was that every trader was Welsh; maybe not that much of a surprise given that it’s in Cardiff, but still, it’s great to see traders making Cardiff taste better from the inside. Yum.
Street Food Cardiff will be at The Depot every weekend from now until New Year’s Eve, 5-11pm Fridays, 6-11pm Saturdays and 12-9pm Sundays. Check out the line up for each weekend’s traders on www.streetfoodcardiff.com
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